Assam Woman Booked for 2-Yr-Old Facebook Post on Beef Consumption

Sultana claimed that the post had been “misinterpreted”, and was deleted minutes after it was originally posted.

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Assam Police on Wednesday, 15 August, registered a suo motu case against a woman, a research scholar at the Gauhati University, for a two-year-old Facebook post on beef consumption, which she claimed to have deleted long back, PTI reported.

A senior official of the Guwahati Police said they came to know about the post of the research scholar, Rehna Sultana, after a local news portal published it on Wednesday, and registered a case against her under the Information Technology Act.

"I do not know why the news portal published the news now. The portal claimed that Sultana posted it during the Eid on Monday. But that is wrong, it is an old post," the senior official said on condition of anonymity.

He said Sultana is unlikely to be arrested and only a routine investigation will be carried out as cognisance cannot be taken for such an old incident.


‘Posted on the Day of India-Pak Cricket Match in 2017’

When contacted, Sultana said, "It was posted on the day of India-Pakistan cricket match in June 2017. Virat Kohli was out for zero on that day. I am a cricket fan and was very sad. I had uploaded the post out of frustration on the performance of the Indian team,” according to PTI.

“Ate beef today to support celebrate Pakistan’s joy. What I eat depends on my taste buds. But don’t create a controversy and show your character hearing about beef,” the deleted post read, according to NDTV.

However, Sultana claimed that the post had been “misinterpreted”, and was deleted minutes after it was originally posted.

Incidentally, Sultana, along with nine others, was also charged by the police for sharing a poem criticising the NRC exercise last month, NDTV reported.

Sultana now suspects that the issue was dug up since she helps people of the minority community in their work related to the National Registration of Citizens (NRC).

"I work for the genuine people for their inclusion in the NRC. Recently I helped them during the hearing. I suspect this issue has been raked up to demoralise me for my stand in NRC," Sultana claimed.

(With inputs from PTI and NDTV.)

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